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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on June 13, 2024, 05:52:56 AM »
Did I miss the part where they took down ebooks? I thought the problem was just paperbacks. The few ebooks I still have wide are all still up. (And oddly, an audio book that wasn't up has now appeared.)

While I don't like this move, if ebooks were affected, wide authors could go direct to BN. After all, authors have had to do that with Google for some time. That was annoying, too, but people adapted.

As for paperbooks, a look at the website suggested to me what's going on. Nook Press is Now Barnes and Noble Press, and it seems to provide paperbacks and hardcovers exclusively to Barnes and Noble--no more expanded distribution from them for physical books. They aren't even pretending to offer store placement anymore, though they point out that a customer can order special order BN Press books at any store.  What they do claim to offer is
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We highlight both emerging and established B&N Press authors in monthly themed collections on BN.com.
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Reach half a million readers with our featured genre and deals newsletters.
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Your book could be featured in special offers exclusive to Barnes & Noble readers.
Now, all of that sounds impressive. It might not amount to the proverbial hill of beans, or it might be a meaningful burst of promotion, at least at first. My new theory is that BN is clearing the decks so that it can focus on indies it distributes. If they did meaningful promotion, that might actually end up being a good thing (aside from the hassle of having to set up paperbacks with a second or third distributor, depending on your current model).

So yeah, it isn't good, but it isn't really any worse that past shenanigans by Amazon or Google.

Edit: You can use BN Press for physical books only, meaning that those of us in KU could still go direct to BN in paper.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by alhawke on June 13, 2024, 05:14:29 AM »
No. In fact, there is a theory from some (and even I wonder if it's true) that B&N is doing this as a way to force authors to use Nook Press.
I think this is exactly what they're doing. None of my ebooks directly sold from B&N have been removed (yet). Nearly every paperback. And  when I contacted them, they said that since I don't publish my paperback direct through them, they suggested I contact Ingram about the issue. I'm going to do that.

As I said above^^, this isn't the first time a publisher has taken down paperbacks if not directly produced by them. Amazon did that to my books initially and I had to publish all my paperbacks by Ingram AND Amazon. I mean, I had to. Amazon is my biggest paperback seller. But, as far as I know, Amazon never took down ebooks that were sold by D2D or an aggregator. That's a new one.

All in all, yeah, it sucks real bad. B&N is my biggest paperback seller outside of Amazon. And, actually with my books, B&N is my biggest outside ebook seller too.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Lynn on June 13, 2024, 04:36:21 AM »
Yes, all my paperbacks that are in expanded distribution at KDP are gone from BN. But the new ones never showed up on BN for me anyway despite expanded distribution. That was the reason I made a BN paperback edition of my newest book. As of today, that paperback is still available and all my ebooks (which are direct through Barnes & Noble) are also available.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by writeway on June 13, 2024, 03:52:22 AM »
Hopefully someone will contact Publishers Weekly, because this sounds like a story they would want to cover. Also, B&N would have to talk to PW. This is not part of the positive spin of the past few years from B&N, so it's newsworthy.

I'm pretty sure we'll start seeing articles about this soon. Especially with organizations like The Authors Guild looking into it. And to think, after months of low paperback sales, my paperbacks sales had come up again and now this. I'm pretty sure I sell most of my paperbacks from B&N. This stinks but we just have to fight it. B&N has to answer for this.

I'm also very disappointed in Draft2Digital having such a cavalier attitude as if it's no big deal. They don't seem too concerned even though they keep telling authors they will speak to B&N. But I see no fight coming from them whatsoever. They can't even send their authors out emails addressing this! Wouldn't that be the first thing you do if you cared? It's like D2D doesn't realize how much this would hurt their business because I'm betting more authors use them for print than ebook distribution because tons of KU authors use D2D too. So it's not just wide authors who use them. KU authors use them for print. They are going to lose thousands of authors if B&N is no longer accepting indie print books. What would be the incentive to even do print if one of the biggest print sellers won't take your books? Meaning, why would someone waste time doing print with D2D.

Since the Smashwords merger, D2D has gone downhill considerably. Horruble customer service and also a big lack of concern for authors now. They've made crappy changes and don't seem to care how it affects authors when they used to be so author-friendly. Guess that's what happens when you get too big. But this B&N print thing will be devastating for D2D so they better get it in gear and take some action on their part.

I can't believe this is happening honestly. It's like this whole world's in a timewarp and people are forcing us back to the "old days." Now we are going back to when indie books were seen as inferior and when retailers refused to stock POD? Really? After all the progress indies have made, we are going backwards?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by writeway on June 13, 2024, 03:49:04 AM »
Have you (or anyone) heard of any authors who are direct with BN having their books that are direct with BN removed?

No. In fact, there is a theory from some (and even I wonder if it's true) that B&N is doing this as a way to force authors to use Nook Press. If so, this is beyond shameful. But out of say 200 authors I've seen saying they've had some books removed (including myself), I don't think any have been from Nook Press. B&N has removed a bunch of mine but kept some up. Some people they've removed ALL of their print books while others say they've had a few removed. Seems like people who use Draft2Digital are getting removed even more than those who use Ingrams. I use D2D for my paperbacks. But no, I can't say for sure if any Nook Press books haven't been removed but there have been a lot of authors posting about their books vanishing and NONE of them so far have been from Nook Press.

Yeah, so it does make you wonder. If this is what B&N is doing, ridiculous. This is no better than say Amazon doing something to force authors into KU. You can't force authors to use your POD service.

Also, they are also removing books from Amazon Expanded Distribution as well.
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Yep.

High backed plush executive chair.

Now peeled, hard from long use, and on it's second gas lift. Probably about to drop dead at any moment. Not replaceable either, as I think the company that made them vanished. It's something like 15 years old now. Absolutely perfect for me, and it took me sitting in 50 chairs to choose it.

I've replaced it twice now.

First one turned out to be too hard everywhere, and even with a cushion on it, the back just wasn't right. I went back to the old one.

Just replaced it with a new one I found by accident. $999 marked down to $189 high back executive in fabric. Not in any way worth $999, but with the same cushion I;ve been using for several years now, seems to be doing the job for now.

The thing is, when your back is an issue, you have to forget about money, forget about ergonomics, and find the chair that is right simply by sitting in all of them until you find it.

For me, it has to be high backed executive. No other shape will do. And it can't be fake leather or even real leather, given how humid it gets here in summer. Narrows the options a lot.

This is the new one, but it's not quite that grand for real.
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Seriously, every chair on every site is labelled as "ergonomic" and so on. Age, posture and a lifetime of lifting heavy stuff has giving me a bad back which is exacerbated by sitting in front of a screen all day. Yes, I stretch, do exercises, get nagged by the love of my life to keep moving ... but has anyone ever bought an office chair that genuinely benefits them in regards to reducing the sorts of lower back pain associated with long periods of sitting?

Can't stand all day, unfortunately. Years of rolling my ankles playing sport foil that idea.

Yep, I'm a wreck. I bleat continuously about my pathetic lot in life. I just don't want to spend big dollars on an "ergonomic" chair that doesn't really do anything.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Oh, by the way, I live in the boondocks so I'm talking buying online. Otherwise I'd try everything in-store myself.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on June 12, 2024, 05:04:44 AM »
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 12, 2024, 04:53:51 AM »
Hopefully someone will contact Publishers Weekly, because this sounds like a story they would want to cover. Also, B&N would have to talk to PW. This is not part of the positive spin of the past few years from B&N, so it's newsworthy.


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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on June 12, 2024, 04:30:15 AM »
I had hopes that things would be better under the new management. Sigh!
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